NCSO gets ac­cred­i­ta­tion

Of­fi­cial in­ter­na­tional sta­tus ob­tained March 25

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The New­ton County Sher­iff’s Of­fice (NCSO) ob­tained its of­fi­cial in­ter­na­tional ac­cred­i­ta­tion through the Com­mis­sion on Ac­cred­i­ta­tion for Law En­force­ment Agen­cies (CALEA) March 25.

NCSO wel­comed CALEA in Novem­ber of last year to con­duct a stan­dards com­pli­ance as­sess­ment of the agency. In the months af­ter the au­dit was com­pleted, a fi­nal as­sess­ment re­port was cre­ated to dis­close the re­sults.

Dur­ing the asses­sors’ visit, Chief David Moen of the Auburn Po­lice Depart­ment (Maine) and Cap­tain Nor­man Mann of the St. Louis County Po­lice Depart­ment (Mis­souri) toured and as­sessed the fa­cil­ity through au­dits, re­views, hear­ings and eval­u­a­tions to en­sure the agency was in com­pli­ance with the in­ter­na­tion­ally es­tab­lished stan­dards.

The asses­sors noted on mul­ti­ple oc­ca­sions that the NCSO had three years to pre­pare for the on-site as­sess­ment, how­ever, suc­cess­fully com­pleted it in un­der a year and had zero non-com­pli­ance is­sues with the stan­dards.

Ver­i­fi­ca­tion by the as­sess­ment team is part of a vol­un­tary process to gain ac­cred­i­ta­tion, a highly re­garded recog­ni­tion of pro­fes­sional ex­cel­lence in pub­lic safety.

NCSO Sher­iff Ezell Brown, New­ton County Com­mis­sioner Ron­nie Cowan and staff went be­fore the CALEA com­mis­sion and ob­tained of­fi­cial in­ter­na­tional ac­cred­i­ta­tion through CALEA March 25.

Ac­cred­i­ta­tion sta­tus rep­re­sents a mon­u­men­tal pro­fes­sional achieve­ment and it also con­firms that the NCSO has poli­cies and prac­tices that are con­sis­tent with pro­gres­sive pro­fes­sional in­ter­na­tional stan­dards.

NCSO is ex­tremely hon­ored and proud to be ac­cred­ited by CALEA. This re­in­forces the high stan­dards that are ex­pected from our per­son­nel and shows that NCSO is aligned with in­ter­na­tional guide­lines. Re­ceiv­ing this ac­cred­i­ta­tion will con­tinue to in­still greater pub­lic con­fi­dence in the agency and em­ploy­ees.

The CALEA Ac­cred­i­ta­tion award is valid for four years, and the agency is re­quired to main­tain con­tin­u­ous com­pli­ance dur­ing the award pe­riod. An as­sess­ment is con­ducted an­nu­ally to en­sure com­pli­ance is be­ing main­tained.

In con­junc­tion with CALEA ac­cred­i­ta­tion, the NCSO also holds Ge­or­gia State Cer­ti­fi­ca­tion, Na­tional Com­mis­sion on Cor­rec­tional Health Care (NCCHC) ac­cred­i­ta­tion, and Amer­i­can Cor­rec­tion As­so­ci­a­tion (ACA) ac­cred­i­ta­tion. These ac­cred­i­ta­tions/cer­ti­fi­ca­tions make NCSO el­i­gi­ble for the pres­ti­gious Na­tional Sher­iff ’s As­so­ci­a­tion Triple Crown Award.

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